Speed Racer: Complete Series
Blu-ray | Box Set
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Take home a copy of Speed Racer and preserve one of the most iconic shows of the 60s and 70s. Now for the first time on Blu-ray, you can share the beloved classic with friends and family from all generations. On your mark, get set, GO! GO! GO! Speed Racer is an 18-year-old boy who dreams of driving his car, the incredible Mach 5, in professional races around the world. When the going gets tough and meddling crooks keep him from the finish line, he always finds a way to make it through. Join Trixie, Pops, Spritle, Chim Chim, and the whole gang as they root for Speed in the most nail-biting, death-defying races in history!
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I just received my copy in the mail so lets take a look, and before I start I want to get it out of the way that this is the English Dub. The original is said to be coming out at a later date. That said lets continue.
The set comes with a slip cover where everything on the front besides speed racer has a shimmer to it. The backs seem to be identical. On the outside of the package details state that the discs are Region A. There are two audio tracks both are Dolby True HD. One is English two channel mono, and the other is Japanese 2.0. However after looking at the Set Up Menu in Disc One there are no Audio choices it is just listed as English The video is listed as 1080P HD Native in 4.3 ratio. It also has English SDH.
Inside the package there are pictures printed on the inside of the jacket, but it is not a reverse-able cover. All five discs contain the same art work. The discs have 12 episodes each except for the last one. There is no insert or booklet inside the case.
Playing the first episode the the Trans Lux and copyright information seem to be gone. However the white Speed Racer logo is used. I am not sure if and how the ending was different between versions to compare those. There is a Play All, Episodes, and Set Up I looked at Disc One and Disc Five and could not find any special features. a little insert and/or some special features would have put it over the top for me.
Skimming through the first episode visuals seem rather clean and sharp. There is of course a little mark here and there, but that is to be expected with how old everything is. It still looks really great. Overall pretty happy at first go over.
Now that we have that confusion out of the way, this is every episode of Speed Racer in full HD with colors that pop right out of you screen. You have never seen the show this clear and vivid. The audio is great and the show is formatted in the original full screen format for widescreen televisions (no switching screen formats on the remote!). This is a steal for 20 bucks and having 12 episodes on each Blu-ray will keep you on the couch for hours before switching discs! If you're a fan, buy it.